General Orders

There are 11 general orders and they are the same wherever and whenever a Marine is on interior guard duty.   Marines are required to know and memorize these general orders and be able to recite them whenever they are called upon to do so.

  1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

  2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

  3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

  4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

  5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

  6. To receive, obey, and pass on the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, field officer of the day, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.

  7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

  8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

  9. To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.

  10. To salute all officers, and all colors and standards not cased.

  11. To be especially watchful at night and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.                                                                                                                                   

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